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BJP's chintak baithak begins in Mumbai

Setting eyes on an emphatic majority for BJP and a two-thirds mandate for NDA in next Lok Sabha elections, the BJP's brainstorming session (chintan baithak) began on Tuesday night in nearby Thane district of Maharashtra to prepare the groundwork for the exercise with the arrival of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2003 14:07 IST

Setting eyes on an emphatic majority for BJP and a two-thirds mandate for NDA in next Lok Sabha elections, the BJP's brainstorming session (chintan baithak) began on Tuesday night in nearby Thane district of Maharashtra to prepare the groundwork for the exercise with the arrival of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Vajpayee, who arrived here from Jabalpur after addressing a rally in Chattisgarh, drove straight to Rambhau Mhalgi Prabhodini, the venue for the four-day meeting.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver the inaugural speech on Wednesday at 10 am at the meeting which will focus on "Mission 2004" for a stronger mandate for BJP.

Vajpayee will leave the meeting a day earlier as he has to visit China on June 22 on an official visit. Deputy prime minister LK Advani is slated to arrive here tomorrow midnight, BJP sources said.

The meet would chalk out strategies to prepare for the next general elections with a view to getting BJP a clear majority and two-thirds mandate for the NDA. The meeting would also introspect on BJP's electoral performance since 1998.

The party is holding chintan shibir after a gap of eight years. Such a convention was held in suburban Virar in 1995.

Ahead of the start of the chintan baithak, BJP General Secretary Pramod Mahajan told reporters that "all issues will be related to electoral success and discussed threadbare at the meeting."

Mahajan made it clear that the BJP would contest the next elections as part of the NDA.